David Alliwah: I mentored and housed Jalang’o
Vioja Mahakamani actor David Alliwah has spoken to Nairobi News about his relationship with Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o, the comedian turned politician.
Alliwah has also explained that he has been in the acting industry for close to two decades while mentoring over 1,000 people including big names in the industry like Daddy Marto.
“I am very happy with what Jalang’o has been able to achieve. I’m proud to have a Member of Parliament in my circle. I’ve known him since 2004 when I began training him to act in my group and he was able to land lead roles in plays as well,” Alliwah said.
Alliwah also revealed that he once housed Jalang’o when the latter was going through a rough patch in his life. Alliwah was especially struck at how ambitious Jalang’o was during that time and this led him to offer him accommodation.
Today, Jalang’o is the Member of Parliament-elect for Langata Constituency in Nairobi County.
“When I first met Jalango, he was a really outgoing, too outgoing at some point though. He was a generous guy such that when people were being paid peanuts, he would buy lunch for all of them. He’s a guy who is very resilient. He used to dare himself and then actually do it. I watched him work on really difficult characters for our plays and he would nail them,” Alliwah said.
Alliwah, who is the founder of Theatrix Arts Ensemble, said Jalang’o always believed he would be a superstar and worked towards that, wanting to be on the same level with Coolio, the American rapper, producer and actor; and nothing was going to sway him.
“To me, he is a man who has always come back home. He’s never been embarrassed to talk about his journey with me as his first boss, never shy to say where he came from and even as his star continued to shine, he returned to us several times to mentor and inspire our group members to show them that anything is possible,” Alliwah said.